Imagined Troubles

Do not suffer imagined troubles

the stoic said to me

but I have a good imagination

Imagine the best is yet to be

but that’s not where my thinking goes

when I simply set it free

except on fine occasions

when I accept mortality

and notice all the grace

encountered on the way

to where ever we are headed



Accidental Colors

The similar colors just caught my eye. I think the water color must have been my attempt to use up leftover paint!

Just a note…

Like most things, writing takes practice. So here is a bit of something to keep in practice.

I. Am. Still. Here. And so far, so good.

I had planned to be enlightened by Wednesday (quite a few years ago)……..

….and yet….the lights are still not completely on; but there are lights, so that’s good.

Experiencing healthy days and interesting pursuits and many happy moments are things not to be taken for granted. I like my husband, and my new kitchen counter (in that order) and so I light a candle each evening to acknowledge not only the husband and counter, but all the good stuff and great people in my life. I will probably do that for awhile until I forget about it but someone mentioned it and I’m trying it out.

This acknowledgement seems important anytime but especially in times like these in which it seems we are literally and consistently encouraged to be afraid and on constant high alert. What happened to you have nothing to fear but fear itself? Enough is enough.

Watched a show yesterday called Finding Alice (on AcornTV). One of Alice’s comments was that she had no real “girlfriends” I’m not good at that, she said; I’m like a man. (That line made me smile).

End of practice session.

Fact-checking Galileo

May I be enlightened by Wednesday
And relaxed by tonight
May I be unfrightened by headlines
And calmed by the sight
Of clouds in blue sky
And stars in the night

Pressures to conform
Can be harsh yet defied
At times truth is hidden
At times someone lied

Galileo wasn’t wrong
In his time and in his day
With proud claims and accusations 
the collective got their way

May we keep an open forum
as we strive to make our case
Seeking truth ahead of power
as we run this human race

Be Fruitful



Apple Pie —gluten free

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

The apple mixture:

  • Five cups of peeled and sliced apples (I used Fuji apples)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (because i didn’t have lemon!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Three tablespoons Minute Tapioca

Mix all ingredients and transfer to saucepan. Cook on low heat for about 15 minutes stirring frequently to blend all ingredients. Add a few splashes of water as needed to keep from sticking to pan. When apples are slightly tender, remove from heat.

The crust:

  • 1/2 cup finely-ground gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • Three tablespoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

In food processor: pulse all ingredients except the water (about ten pulses until ingredients hold together). Add the cold water and pulse another five or six pulses. Remove from processor unto a sheet of wax paper. Quickly shape dough into a ball; top with another sheet of wax paper and roll out thinly. Remove wax paper. Place pie plate upside down on crust; turn plate over and gently press dough into place. Trim off extra dough. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar to the extra dough and blend together with your fingers then flatten the dough — chop into bits and use for topping.

Add apple mixture into pie crust and top with brown sugar mixture.

Top with crumbled mixture.

Bake at 450 degrees for ten minutes.

Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 40 minutes.

Let pie cool for ten minutes or so.

Tastes great warm and even better the next day!

Note: I used my Ninja to process ingredients. Worked out well.

Another note: to make this vegan, substitute Earth Balance spread or stick for the butter. Or your choice of vegan spread.

Colors Matter

Yellow matters!
Orange matters!

Blue and white….matter!

Acceptable: A True or False Sense of Well-Being (with a Nod to Julian of Norwich)

Let it be

Set it free

Let it go

Let it fly

Let it happen as it happens

Let those sleeping dogs lie

If I proceed as if…

everything will be fine

If I finally find a page

where I firmly draw the line

Stop following the thoughts

that pull me out of time

There may be a revelation

a particular truth to tell

that in this unveiled reality

all manner of things

………………shall be well

and all manner of things…shall be well


Write Something

Came home and my favorite pen

had nothing to say to me

Criticized myself again

for watching too much TV

Commercials can bring me down

with those broken hips and knees

The nation is growing old

and living in misery

(that’s what they’d have us believe)

Buy our scooter or our brace

and then you will all be free

and medicare always pays

for every thing that you see


Reverse your mortgage

Reverse your pain

Reverse your age

So much to gain

Guaranteed or money back

Just turn it off

Screen fades to black

Finding Track

Losing track of something

Wondering what it is

Clinking, clanking thinking

has not got much to give

But I will be done with this

that’s one thing that I’ve found

Whatever is not…or is

will not be here for long

Joy will insert itself

into the most trying day

So I will proceed as if

it all will be okay